June 25, 2006
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch: a Welsh town with one of the longest names in the world, AND quite possibly the longest URL on the web? (and yes, I copied and pasted that)
Answers.com tells us that:
A translation into English would yield "St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave".
[The name] was artificially contrived in the 1860s to bestow upon the [train] station the honour of having the longest name of any railway station in the United Kingdom: an early example of a publicity stunt.
If you must know, the pronunciation is here.
Oh, and I discovered it's NOT the longest valid URL on the web: http://www.abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijk.com/ is (where you can sign up for a free email address at that domain...hmmmm). Apparently you can have a maximum of 63 characters in the domain name. So they stress that this is only the longest "alphabetical" domain name because it would actually tie with any other 63-character domain names. Whereas the welsh town site has only 58 letters. Or 51 in Welsh.
I may have first read of this town at Joel's blog. I think I saw it somewhere else as well, but I can't remember where.
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